BARTONSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pocono region’s first Chick-fil-A is set to open Thursday in Bartonsville. But developers say this was just one part of their redevelopment plan for the busy corridor.
Al Hoffman is now being served, after serving our country in the Vietnam War. “I think it’s wonderful. They should do things like that,” he smiles.
One day before Chick-fil-A’s grand opening, the line was already out the door on Wednesday. That’s because the new business offered free meals to doctors, nurses, teachers, police, fire and military personnel.
“Everybody goes out and does the job because they love the job. But every now and then, it’s nice to be appreciated,” says Derek Storey, paramedic, West End Ambulance.
In the same area, a new Taco Bell and Mattress Warehouse have also opened. “It brings up the standard of living in this part of Monroe County, which I think is great,” Storey adds.
James DePetris is the developer who brought the entire corridor to life. He thought it would be a good area to continue developing, once Saint Luke’s Monroe Campus opened in 2016.
“This is actually the last phase of a 15-year effort from when we first came to Bartonsville,” explains James DePetris, General Partner, DEPG Develpment.
Development started with two plazas seperated by Route 611. La Tolteca opened just last year, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods. “This has become now the hub of retail along the Stroudsburg market,” DePetris adds.
DePetris says the development isn’t over yet. There’s still one pad available for medical, retail, or assisted living.
Wednesday night, Chick-fil-A is hosting a ‘First 100 Campout Party’ with free giveaways ahead of Thursday’s grand opening. Registration started at 6 pm in the parking lot.